Aug 14, 2015
One of the greatest courses I ever followed!\n\nInteresting, documentary, not even one minute boring, very well organized and easy to follow.\n\nMusic is part of our history.
Aug 26, 2015
Bill Ferris is a wealth of knowledge and experience - I only regret missing out on the classroom dynamic of a Ferris-led discussion of Southern arts, particularly the Blues.
By Samanta G P•
Apr 11, 2019
Excepcional! Me encanto!
By Sue J D•
Feb 19, 2019
I watched many of the videos. It was very interesting. I particularly liked the stories/video clips of musicians. I do hope you have seen The Song Catcher..this reminded me of it.
By Joao P A•
Jun 25, 2018
By TRUDY D•
Jun 04, 2018
I am not originally from the South, but I have lived in Florida for the past seventeen years. I have always loved the stories, music, and art of the South, and now I know the history of them.
The course was extremely interesting and I highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in these things.
By Tim R•
May 01, 2018
By CYNTHIA W•
Apr 20, 2018
Very interesting and informative course, I have a better understanding of southern culture, the stories, music and art I often heard my grandmother speak of.
By Olga d B•
Feb 01, 2018
I really enjoyed the lectures. Thank you very much for such a great course!
By Dorothy H•
Nov 24, 2017
Good course with lots of educator's personal experience and footage.
By Danielle C•
Nov 01, 2017
I am so glad that I was able to participate in this class. It was so very enjoyable and informative.
Oct 29, 2017
very helpful an introduction! Making me really wanna know more about the South. Love the Story-telling oral tradition of South!
By Barbara K A•
Aug 24, 2017
Loved it although i wish i could have taken the quizzes as an auditor just to check what i had learned.
By Mario M•
Mar 24, 2017
I want to thank Dr. Ferris for allowing us to get an inside to the beautiful worlds in the American South. The work Dr. Ferris has done in his career documenting the South and mastering it, is truly amazing. This is by far the most enjoyable class I have ever taken!
By Donna S•
Feb 17, 2017
Great Material. Quizes and discussions didn't work, But i was only auditing the course. There is a wealth of information.
By Cathy G•
Jan 24, 2017
I learned so much about the South that I didn't already know.
By Alice H S•
Dec 29, 2016
Excellent! Full of treasure trove of information with History, stories and culture!
By Shelton D•
Nov 19, 2016
I think some very tough choices were made to fit the course online. It is a successful course, but you can tell that a more in depth version of the course would probably be exciting. You would certainly go further, if you were enrolled at Chapel Hill, and had a couple semesters to contemplate the topic.
The instructor is a person who made his own videos and recordings of local storytellers, artists and musicians over a long period of time. You can tell he is a very active collector of local lore. So, he tries to feature this material, sensibly. Some of this material you was great.
On the other hand; the knowledge of the course is really only a beginning to what could be learned. For example, when mentioning the photographers or painters of the South, you are not able to see a large number of their pictures. Likewise, when talking about the major writers, such as Faulkner, you do not get to read many longer excerpts of their work. This course provides the names to reference; starting points for further study. The instructor trusts you to investigate these resources on your own.
Jun 23, 2016
Very interesting, great professor
By Allyson E B•
May 29, 2016
The course was very informative. I hope that one day , the educators within the Civil Rights Museum --here in Memphis, TN -- will add this course to their education curriculum. This course is insightful and enjoyable.
By Charlotte S•
Mar 29, 2016
Started this course, but had to stop initially because I started a PhD. But I couldn't stop thinking about it so resumed the other day. Loved it.
By Arturo T S•
Mar 24, 2016
Es una muy buena introducción al estudio de la cultura del sur de los Estados Unidos y al mismo tiempo un panorama para buscar más información sobre ciertos temas como el blues, las tradiciones orales, la religión, la vida cotidiana y los grandes creadores de la literatura y la música inmersos en la tradición del sur estadounidense.
By David J H•
Mar 16, 2016
Fascinating introduction and lots of pointers to follow through if you want to explore more
By Mikhail A•
Mar 11, 2016
Just started this, but in love with all this stories and music.
Feb 29, 2016
Very brief but round introduction for the art forms of the American South. Greatly changed my idea and increased my knowledge about the native people in the South. Slow speed of lecture is very easy to understand for non-English spea
By Sherry C•
Feb 13, 2016
The best part of this course was, of course, the videos. But it just scratched the surface. I would have been happy to have a whole unit on Eudora Welty or B B King or the Chitlen Circuit. Each and every one of the films was priceless. But the course didn't fully exploit the possibilities of the web and I felt it was very static.
By Margaret F•
Feb 04, 2016
This has been an interesting and informative course. It would be nice if Prof Ferris could produce an intermediate course on the same topic.